- a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
- any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it's just a degree factory.
- (formerly) an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in a foreign country.
Origin of factory
Examples from the Web for factory
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.Fireworks Factory Explodes in Colorful Burst
The Daily Beast Video
January 6, 2015
Haloid spent nearly 15 years and $75 million developing prototype copiers, even building a factory in 1954 far ahead of demand.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
For decades afterward, the profession remained mostly female and was considered less valuable labor than, say, factory work.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
By 1980, the Glock family was living atop their factory, making curtain rods as well as weapons.
While Gaston designed firearms, the rest of the family kept the factory going.
Then you could have stayed in the factory, and got your wages regularly every week.
Now, how much better off should I have been if I had kept my place in the factory?
It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.
Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.
But he had been cut out, and by Robert Rushton—one of his father's factory hands.
- a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
- (as modifier)a factory worker
- rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
- Canadian (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs
Word Origin and History for factory
1550s, "estate manager's office," from Middle French factorie, from Late Latin factorium "office for agents (factors)," also "oil press, mill," from Latin factor "doer, maker" (see factor (n.)). Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.